Days before Microsoft is due to air a special event on MTV across the world, specifications for the next generation Xbox have been posted in full online. Amongst the details leaked is word of two Xbox live services, a silver free service and a gold paid service.
"There will be two versions of Xbox Live. Silver is free (everyone gets it), and Gold is a paid subscription, like the current XBL. It looks like Xbox Live will be free on the weekends for everyone; Gold members will get it all the time, obviously. Current Xbox Live accounts will carry over to the 360 and become Gold Xbox Live accounts. Both Gold and Silver members will be able to download demos, trailers, and other content through XBL."
The XBox 360 CPU is said to have 3 symmetrical cores running at 3.2 GHz a piece, 1MB of L2 Cache and single VMX-128 vector unit per core. The ATI graphics processor will run at 500MHz and contain 48 parallel floating-point shader pipelines. System memory is expected to be comprised of 512MB GDDR3 RAM and have a FSP capable of shunting data around at 21.6GB/s.
Microsoft is also rumoured to support DVD-Video, DVD-ROM, DVD-R/RW, CD-DA, CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, WMA CD, MP3 CD, and JPEG Photo CD in the new XBox 360 optical drive. Clearly a big step forwards from the original Xbox.
For the full specifications check out the thread at Neowin below.
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